Once again the Mets could do nothing against a Padres starter with a big curve, as they fell to San Diego, 2-0, Friday night.
- There’s more ammunition for those who think Tim Teufel is a bad 3B coach. He opted to send a runner home with one out and there’s no way to sugar coat it — it was a bad call. With the team’s trouble scoring runs in this series, you can make a case for being aggressive. But this call wasn’t aggressive, it was just bad as he was out by 10 feet. Second and third with one out would have been okay in this situation.
- However, the play was not without some controversy. The catcher applied the tag to Cabrera but at the end of the play the ball came loose. Terry Collins correctly called for a replay but the call was upheld. What’s not clear is if the play was upheld because it was ruled the catcher held on long enough or if Cabrera was ruled out because he never touched the plate. Both Gary and Ron thought after looking at the replay that the catcher did not hold the ball long enough. We needed an NFL ref explanation.
- Noah Syndergaard didn’t have his best stuff but kept the game close and didn’t really deserve a loss. He finished with 6 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB and 5 Ks.
- The bullpen added two more scoreless innings, including a nice frame from Jim Henderson, as he struck out two.
- One odd managerial decision in the game. With two outs and no one on base and trailing by two in the eighth inning, Collins sent up Michael Conforto as a pinch hitter. Then in the ninth, with two runners on base when a homer would have given the team the lead and a double would have potentially tied the game, Conforto was already used, leaving Collins to send up Alejandro De Aza, instead. De Aza struck out to end the game.
- The Mets have now lost back-to-back games for the first time since April 11-12. They are 2-4 in their last six and have scored just 16 runs in that stretch, with eight of them coming in one game.